The Diary of Anne Frank

Released 1959


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George Stevens (I)
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The Diary of Anne Frank is the 1959 20th Century Fox adaptation of the theater sensation. It centers around the dreams and aspirations of a young girl who has to be taken from her home, her school and friends to hide while others are being hauled off to concentration camps. The family is joined by another family, plus a dentist and a cat - all live in the small 5-6 rooms in an annex above a factory that Mr. Frank owns. They suffer through the stresses of maintaining quiet throughout the work day so no one below will hear them, through the sounds of sirens, always thinking they have been found out, through the worry of not getting food from the only four people who know where they are hidden, and through the stress of living too close together with no place to escape the arguing and problems of a young girl trying to grow up. Starring Millie Perkins (The Shooting, Wall Street).moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    USA Today Mike Clark

    An intimate three-hour epic adapted less from Frank's diary than the Broadway version. [06 Feb 2004, p.6E]

  • 60

    Empire David Parkinson

    There are some poignant moments, but Steven's decision to shoot a claustrophobic movie in CinemaScope and the stage-bound feel of the whole enterprise never bring the action to life.

  • 50

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Adapted from the Goodrich-Hackett play, it just misses the spiritual and emotional majesty it reaches for.

Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters

Mrs. Petronella Van Daan

Diane Baker

Diane Baker

Margot Frank

Ed Wynn

Ed Wynn

Mr. Albert Dussell

Lou Jacobi

Lou Jacobi

Mr. Hans Van Daan

Richard Beymer

Richard Beymer

Peter Van Daan

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Classics, Historical